DANVILLE — Dedication, determination and the will to succeed. Those qualities of the Danville Class of 2019 were discussed, along with a few tales of mischief, during commencement exercises Sunday at the DHS gymnasium.
“Most of you I have known since kindergarten. From the Halloween and Christmas parties to the Zoomba party to putt putt on one of final days, we’ve all cherished the days we spent together,” said Danville Class of 2019 valedictorian Madysen Bower. “We learned a lot about each other. I learned how dedicated and determined you are.”
Bower was one of 44 members of the class who received their diplomas during the 130th annual ceremony. Commencement began with the traditional processional, music and the invocation. After a welcome from class president Reese Dorsey, English teacher Hunter Webster gave the commencement address.
Despite only being in his third year at Danville, Webster said he learned a lot from this class and enjoyed each moment, no matter how crazy that moment may have made him at the time.
“In the same way, you learned from me, I learned a lot from you as well,” Webster said. “This class hid my coffee nearly every day and I had one student who hid in the closet. One student even gave a four to five minute speech on going to the bathroom. This is the only time I’ve ever received a card from the parents, apologizing for their kid.”
While sharing some lighter moments with his students, Webster also gave them one final lesson.
“Somewhere, you will come across ideas that are not like yours. Do not fear the ideas; you don’t have to hate them. Talk about them and understand them. What happens after that will be natural,” Webster said.
Class Treasurer Hanna Lowe then said the class gift would be new headsets and microphones for the drama department, a fitting gift considering the mic went out on her during her speech.
Salutatorian Julia Rine, who admitted to being one of the bigger headaches Webster faced, explained to the class they need to try many different paths before finding the one that fits them.
“Everyone of us has the potential to be great. I’m excited to see where life takes each one of us. Remember, wherever you are, be a good one,” Rine said.
The top five students were announced — Bower, Rine, Kasey Ackert, Dalton David and Dorsey — and then the 44 class members received their diplomas before turning their tassels and heading out the door to their future.
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